Community Fund told ‘Get On Your Bike!’

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Just Ride Southend runs drop-in inclusive cycling sessions for people of all ages and abilities, and they are the latest beneficiary of a Chelmsford Star Co-op Community Fund grant.

 

The charity received over £2,000 which it used to add new, light-weight bicycles to its existing range of bikes, most of which have been specially adapted to cater for all abilities and health conditions.

Based next to the athletic track of Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, the charity – which is run by volunteers and meets three times a week – offers a safe traffic-free cycling experience to everyone “from 0 – 97 years old”.

 

 

 

Pauline Dodd, Chair of the Membership Committee which allocates our funds, found our visit to the charity quite emotional.

“Seeing the joy light up the faces of some of these youngsters when they get on the track, children who are going through all sorts of challenges, makes it abundantly clear how well deserved Just Ride Southend is for one of our grants. It’s also lovely to see able-bodied and those with disabilities all mixing together. It’s very inclusive. Next time I come, I’ll take a ride myself!”

 

 

The grant allowed Just Ride Southend to purchase a range of light-weight bikes in various sizes, some with added adaptions. Almost immediately they allowed one small girl to accompany her able-bodied twin-sister on the track for the first time. The smile was worth the grant alone.

Just Ride Southend ask for a £2.50 donation per rider (carers and parents of children riding are free) and each session lasts two hours, or three in the school holidays. They invite everyone to come and enjoy the friendly, sociable atmosphere and take some healthy exercise in a safe and inclusive environment. You can find out more on their website or their facebook page, calling 07971 774479 or by emailing them at info@justridesouthend.com.

For more information on our Community Fund, please click here.